New York

Bernadette Corporation with Benjamin Alexander Huseby and Avena Gallagher, BC Reloaded (detail), 2012, color photograph, dimensions variable.

New York

“Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years”

Artists Space Exhibitions
38 Greene Street 3rd Floor
September 9–December 16, 2012

Curated by Stefan Kalmár and Richard Birkett

In the eighteen years since Bernadette Corporation emerged from New York’s downtown fashion and art scenes, there have been moments when the collective has seemed the sharpest and most conceptually ambitious expression of its age. Artists Space is now producing a BC “retrospective” in typical restyled form, encompassing a new photo shoot along with relics from the group’s early fashion line, cine-tracts like Get Rid of Yourself (2003), pages from the short-lived magazine Made in USA (2000–2001), and more recent forays into poetry and sculpture—all displayed within a total exhibition architecture conceived with set and production designer Gideon Ponte. No doubt the just-past of the ’90s underground will seem very now, though BC’s knack for late-capitalist tones and tremors should forestall both nostalgia and political kitsch.